As a former parent, our experience was just ok. The politics of the school are troublesome. If your child is not an extremely conservative republican, you'd better keep your mouth shut. This is not a place where every Christian is valued. My child was afraid to chime in with her views when she realized that her views were unacceptable. The school follows The Matthew approach...if a child has a problem with a teacher or administrator, she/he has to approach that adult themselves before the adult will speak to an adult. My daughter was too afraid to do this because she was a child, This method isn't even developmentally appropriate and serves to terrify the child into compliance. The principal appears to not really want to lead, but to intimidate and take things personally when confronted with issues. And there are inconsistencies within the teaching staff. Some keep up to date grade books, others update grade books whenever, and others seem to only give very few assignments at all. There is one teacher who encourages the kids to go to community college above four year colleges which makes me wonder if I made a mistake in paying so much money for this school.
My children have attended Spencerville Adventist Academy for 3 years. While there is an emphasis on religious education, there is also emphasis on leadership & confidence building through the strong music and drama program. The academics is excellent in areas, as well as average in other areas, as in all schools, depending on the teacher. It is a sweet, safe environment for children to learn and grow. The parents are an involved group, which adds to the sense of community.
As a parent of a former SAA student I will attest to the poor quality of the academics in the elementary school at SAA. Although my child was consistently on the honor roll at SAA, my child was testing in the 10th percentile on national standardized tests for math. As a rising 6th grader, an independent reading specialist determined that my child was reading on the 4th grade level. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on spiritual life at SAA, not much on academics however.
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